by: Torie Wells Updated:
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Charlotte-Mecklenburg police are looking for three people they said committed a violent robbery at a home on Avalon Avenue in west Charlotte overnight.
Police said one of the robbers told the victims he was a probation officer.
Police said the man was wearing a utility belt, similar to what police wear, and clothing that looked like he was an officer.
Three adults and an 8-year-old child were in the home at the time of the robbery, police said.
When the person dressed like an officer came to the front door, police said the robbers forced the adults outside, sprayed them with pepper spray, pistol whipped at least one of them and took cash.
Crime statistics for the area show five armed robberies, two burglaries and two assaults with weapons in the last year.
Police said nobody was seriously hurt in the robbery.
The child slept through the entire incident, officials said.
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